"perfect Chocolate Cake" Mccall's Cooking School

Total Time
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 1 hr

My Grandmother use to make this every Christmases, some the recipe got out of her book never to be seen again!! Finally found it! Makes a truly wonderful chocolate cake

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In medium bowl, combine cocoa with boiling water, mixing with wire whisk until smooth.
  2. Cool completely.
  3. Sift flour with soda, salt and baking powder.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  5. Grease well and lightly flour three 9 by 1 1/2 inch layer-cake pans.
  6. In large bowl of electric mixer, at high speed, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla, scraping bowl occasionally until light-about 5 minutes.
  7. At low speed, beat in flour mixture (in fourths), alternately with cocoa mixture (in thirds), beginning and ending with flour mixture. Do not overbeat.
  8. Divide evenly into pans;smooth top. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until surface springs back when gently pressed with fingertip.
  9. Cool in pans 10 minutes.
  10. Carefully loosen sides with spatula; 4. Remove from pans; cool on racks.
  11. Frosting: In medium saucepan, combine chocolate pieces,cream, butter;stir over medium heat until smooth.
  12. Remove from heat.
  13. With whisk, blend in 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar.
  14. In bowl set over ice(I use ice cubes) beat until it holds shape.
  15. 18. Filling: whip cream with sugar and vanilla;refrigerate.
  16. To assemble cake: On plate place a layer, top side down;spread with half of cream.
  17. Place second layer, top side down;spread with rest of cream.
  18. Place third layer, top side up. To frost: With spatula, frost sides first,covering whipped cream;use rest of frosting on top, swirling decoratively.
  19. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
  20. To cut, use a thin-edged sharp knife;slice with a sawing motion.
  21. And forget the swirls.
  22. I think it looks gourmet just to spread the frosting.
  23. It dries really dark and looks cool.
  24. Somethimes I just drag a sharp knife across the top in lines and sometimes I leave it as it is. From McCall's Cooking School.


Most Helpful

I misplaced the recipe binder (I think I loaned it to someone) that I had this recipe in, and was very disappointed I could no find it. I was elated to find the recipe on your site. I have made this cake annually since my son was a little boy, it is a family favorite birthday cake. I have made it many, many times over the last 30 years and each time it turns out perfectly and tastes like food for the gods. .

cbc1 January 23, 2015

This really is THE perfect chocolate cake; there are other recipes, but none yield results like this so easily and so consistently. If we must eat cake, let it be this.

A nice change of pace (I know, never mess with perfection, but give it some thought) is to use the frosting from McCall's Mocha Cream Cake. Combine well: 3 cups heavy cream (chilled), 1.5 Cups sifted confectionary sugar, .5 Cups sifted unsweetened cocoa, 1/8 tsp salt, 2 tsp instant coffee. Beat until stiff, refrigerate, covered, 30 minutes. Ice the cake as you like, with or without filling. The mocha flavor complements and nicely enhances the deep, deep chocolate flavor of the Perfect Chocolate Cake.Thanks McCall's, thanks Sassy, very nice.

Pelican Chef March 20, 2011

I have been making this cake since the 1970s. In fact, I had the original page out of the McCalls magazine which was in my purse when I got mugged during Christmas time at my neighborhood shopping center. I had the recipe in my purse to gather the ingredients. My purse along with credit cards, money, Christmas cards and this recipe were gone forever as he pulled my purse off my shoulder and ran. I tried to hold onto my purse and was dragged and eventually had to let go. Anywho, one day I was browsing through a magazine and lo and behold I saw a tiny duplicate of the original recipe. I took this page and enlarged it as much as I could so I could read the recipe. This page is wearing out and the print is getting very light so decided to look it up and I'll be darn I found it here. It is a delicious cake no doubt about it and one of my favorites. The chocolate cakes you get at restaurants are too sickening sweet, too dense and too much glop on top. A few times the cake layers slid off the whipped cream filling and oh boy I was not happy about that. Another time the cake layer cracked as I put it on the other layer, etc. This doesn't happen all the time and I still continue to make this marvelous cake. I want a piece now.

Marcella Lee September 16, 2014

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